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1. Elliott, Heather. An Investigation into Canadian Student Leaders' Conceptualizations and Perceptions Related to Sustainability in Higher Education.

Degree: Master of Environmental Studies, School for Resource & Environmental Studies, 2015, Dalhousie University

This thesis was supported by a Standard Research Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The Principal Investigator for the Research Grant is Dr. Tarah Wright.

While universities have a responsibility to engage in sustainability, efforts to do so are not yet standard practice. This may be due to the limited knowledge about how university stakeholders understand sustainability. This study investigated conceptualizations of sustainability and sustainable universities by student union presidents at 27 Canadian universities; it also examined perceived barriers and motivators to sustainability in higher education (SHE). This investigation utilized thematic analysis and the amount of participant support to analyze semi-structured interviews and concept checklists. Findings indicated considerable conceptual variance regarding sustainability although there was a greater consensus of ideas regarding what constituted sustainable universities. Participants noted that while many barriers to SHE exist, including finances and attitudes, there are also many possible motivators, including finances and student pressure. This study demonstrates that a single definition of sustainability or sustainable universities is unlikely and recommends including all stakeholders in localized discussions of SHE.

Advisors/Committee Members: Dr. Alan Warner (external-examiner), Dr. Kate Sherren (graduate-coordinator), Dr. Heather Castleden (thesis-reader), Rochelle Owen (thesis-reader), Dr. Tarah Wright (thesis-supervisor), Received (ethics-approval), No (manuscripts), No (copyright-release).

Subjects/Keywords: sustainability; sustainability in higher education; higher education; conceptualizations; barriers; motivators; sustainable universities; students

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APA (6th Edition):

Elliott, H. (2015). An Investigation into Canadian Student Leaders' Conceptualizations and Perceptions Related to Sustainability in Higher Education. (Masters Thesis). Dalhousie University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10222/56288

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Elliott, Heather. “An Investigation into Canadian Student Leaders' Conceptualizations and Perceptions Related to Sustainability in Higher Education.” 2015. Masters Thesis, Dalhousie University. Accessed March 18, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10222/56288.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Elliott, Heather. “An Investigation into Canadian Student Leaders' Conceptualizations and Perceptions Related to Sustainability in Higher Education.” 2015. Web. 18 Mar 2019.

Vancouver:

Elliott H. An Investigation into Canadian Student Leaders' Conceptualizations and Perceptions Related to Sustainability in Higher Education. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Dalhousie University; 2015. [cited 2019 Mar 18]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10222/56288.

Council of Science Editors:

Elliott H. An Investigation into Canadian Student Leaders' Conceptualizations and Perceptions Related to Sustainability in Higher Education. [Masters Thesis]. Dalhousie University; 2015. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10222/56288


Dalhousie University

2. Lidstone, Lauri. A CONTENT ANALYSIS OF SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES AND PLANS FROM STARS-RATED CANADIAN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS.

Degree: Master of Environmental Studies, School of Resource & Environmental Studies, 2014, Dalhousie University

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Higher education institutions (HEIs) have a role to play in the transition to a more sustainable society through academics and managing their operations using sustainable practices. This study aims to deepen our understanding of Canadian HEIs engaging in sustainability by investigating the content of sustainability policies and plans from a sample of 21 Canadian HEIs that have completed the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Reporting System (STARS). A content analysis of sustainability policy and plan documents was conducted to understand: 1) how the policies conceptualize sustainability and a sustainable campus; 2) the sustainability goals outlined in the policies and plans; and 3) if the plans employ best practices of plan creation and design. The study found that most HEIs conceptualized sustainability as having environmental, economic, and societal aspects, and campus sustainability as including research, education, operations, and community outreach domains. Most policy and plan goals emphasized the environmental aspects of the facilities domain, while on-campus social and economic goals were less prevalent. While most sustainability plans were described as being created through a broad collaborative process, far fewer plans had assigned timelines and parties responsible for attaining the sustainability goals as was recommended in the literature. These findings are of importance to campus sustainability practitioners who are seeking to create or update their sustainability policies and plans, and for scholars interested in the role of these documents in promoting campus sustainability.

Advisors/Committee Members: Dr. Kathleen Kevany (external-examiner), Dr. Kate Sherren (graduate-coordinator), Dr. Kate Sherren (thesis-reader), Dr. Tarah Wright (thesis-supervisor), Not Applicable (ethics-approval), Yes (manuscripts), Not Applicable (copyright-release).

Subjects/Keywords: sustainability; higher education; post-secondary education; campus sustainability; policy; plan; environmental management; Sustainability in Higher Education; Education for Sustainable Development

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Lidstone, L. (2014). A CONTENT ANALYSIS OF SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES AND PLANS FROM STARS-RATED CANADIAN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS. (Masters Thesis). Dalhousie University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10222/54034

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Lidstone, Lauri. “A CONTENT ANALYSIS OF SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES AND PLANS FROM STARS-RATED CANADIAN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS.” 2014. Masters Thesis, Dalhousie University. Accessed March 18, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10222/54034.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Lidstone, Lauri. “A CONTENT ANALYSIS OF SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES AND PLANS FROM STARS-RATED CANADIAN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS.” 2014. Web. 18 Mar 2019.

Vancouver:

Lidstone L. A CONTENT ANALYSIS OF SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES AND PLANS FROM STARS-RATED CANADIAN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Dalhousie University; 2014. [cited 2019 Mar 18]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10222/54034.

Council of Science Editors:

Lidstone L. A CONTENT ANALYSIS OF SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES AND PLANS FROM STARS-RATED CANADIAN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS. [Masters Thesis]. Dalhousie University; 2014. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10222/54034

3. McNeil, Rebecca. Canadian University Presidents on Sustainability: Definitions, Roles and Ways Forward.

Degree: Master of Environmental Studies, School of Resource & Environmental Studies, 2013, Dalhousie University

Increasingly, universities are being tasked with leading the way to a sustainable future. Yet little is known about how Canadian university presidents conceptualize sustainable development and the role of the university in this endeavor. With studies demonstrating that it is important for university stakeholders to share common understandings of sustainability, and that administrators are especially instrumental in the pursuit of a sustainable university, these stakeholders’ perspectives and values around the concept of sustainability in higher education are significant. This study, which included in-depth interviews with 26 Canadian university presidents, revealed that presidents have substantially high levels of eco-literacy surrounding the concept of sustainable development and understand sustainability in higher education in measures relevant to their jurisdiction. Barriers were primarily financial, although cost-savings through energy reduction was also noted as a benefit, along with it being “the right thing to do” and worthwhile because of its perceived significance to students. The piece ends with recommendations for practitioners of sustainability, policy makers, researchers and university administrators. Advisors/Committee Members: Dr. Kenneth Coates (external-examiner), Dr. Peter Tyedmers (graduate-coordinator), Dr. Heather Castleden (thesis-reader), Dr. Tarah Wright (thesis-supervisor), Received (ethics-approval), Yes (manuscripts), Not Applicable (copyright-release).

Subjects/Keywords: Sustainability; Sustainable Development; Sustainability in Higher Education; Higher Education; Canada; President; University

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APA (6th Edition):

McNeil, R. (2013). Canadian University Presidents on Sustainability: Definitions, Roles and Ways Forward. (Masters Thesis). Dalhousie University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10222/36320

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

McNeil, Rebecca. “Canadian University Presidents on Sustainability: Definitions, Roles and Ways Forward.” 2013. Masters Thesis, Dalhousie University. Accessed March 18, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10222/36320.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

McNeil, Rebecca. “Canadian University Presidents on Sustainability: Definitions, Roles and Ways Forward.” 2013. Web. 18 Mar 2019.

Vancouver:

McNeil R. Canadian University Presidents on Sustainability: Definitions, Roles and Ways Forward. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Dalhousie University; 2013. [cited 2019 Mar 18]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10222/36320.

Council of Science Editors:

McNeil R. Canadian University Presidents on Sustainability: Definitions, Roles and Ways Forward. [Masters Thesis]. Dalhousie University; 2013. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10222/36320

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